Political Beliefs, Views about Technocracy, and Energy and Climate Policy Preferences

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The use of technocratic decision-making, where policy decisions are made by elite experts, is an important aspect of policymaking in the United States. However, little work has examined public opinion about technocracy. Using data from a representative sample of the United States (n = 1200), I explore differences in support for technocracy and the implications of that support for views about politically controversial energy sources and climate policies. Overall, I find that liberal Democrats, moderate/conservative Democrats, and moderate/liberal Republicans were more likely than conservative Republicans and moderate independents to support technocratic decision-making. In addition, I find that as support for technocracy increases, so does support for energy sources and climate policies; however, there are significant interaction effects across political beliefs.


Support for Energy Sources by Political Beliefs and Technocratic Views

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  title = {Political {{Beliefs}}, {{Views About Technocracy}}, and {{Energy}} and {{Climate Policy Preferences}}},
  author = {Nowlin, Matthew C.},
  year = {2021},
  journal = {Public Understanding of Science},
  volume = {30},
  number = {3},
  pages = {331--348},
  publisher = {{SAGE Publications Ltd}},
  issn = {0963-6625},
  doi = {10.1177/0963662520978567}